Missing in action

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Missing in Action, better known as MIA, is a casualty classification used by the United Nations Space Command that refers to members of the UNSC who has been reported missing following a combat mission and whose status as to injury, capture, or death is unknown. Missing combatants must not have been otherwise accounted for as either Killed in Action or a prisoner of war.

When SPARTAN-IIs are killed, they are reported as Missing in Action or Wounded in Action to create the illusion that Spartans never die. This helped boost morale in the UNSC.[1] SPARTAN-IIIs are not normally subject to this, as the very existence of the program remains classified. However, at least two were listed as such in accordance with the tradition by Kurt Ambrose.

Notable examples[edit]


  • During the video log in the level 343 Guilty Spark, the automated video recorder regards Wallace A. Jenkins as possibly MIA due to the sudden termination of his recording as a result of his infection by the Flood.


  1. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 249
  2. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach
  3. ^ a b Halo Wars
  4. ^ a b Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), page 71
  5. ^ a b Halo Wars 2
  6. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx
  7. ^ a b Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 173
  8. ^ Halo Legends: Prototype
  9. ^ Halo: First Strike
  10. ^ Halo: Glasslands
  11. ^ Halo 3
  12. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), page 104-105
  13. ^ Halo 4
  14. ^ a b c Spartan Ops, S102 Artifact
  15. ^ a b Spartan Ops, S103 Catherine
  16. ^ a b c Spartan Ops, S106 Scattered
  17. ^ a b Spartan Ops, S108 Expendable
  18. ^ Spartan Ops, S109 Key
  19. ^ Spartan Ops, S102 Gagarin
  20. ^ a b Spartan Ops, S105 Memento Mori
  21. ^ Spartan Ops, S105 The Cauldron Base
  22. ^ Spartan Ops, S105 Spartan Thorne
  23. ^ Spartan Ops, S106 Escape Plan
  24. ^ Spartan Ops, S106 Switchback
  25. ^ Spartan Ops, S108 Lancer
  26. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 221
  27. ^ Halo: Envoy
  28. ^ Halo: Shadows of Reach, chapter 21
  29. ^ Halo: Oblivion, Epilogue
  30. ^ Halo: Outcasts, chapter 9
  31. ^ Halo: Outcasts, chapter 24
  32. ^ Halo: Outcasts, chapter 26

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